September 8, 2003 DNR News (803) 734-3950
SALTWATER FISHING TRENDS:
Cherry Grove Pier: Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Water temperature is 83 degrees. Pompano, blues, spot and whiting are biting live or cut shrimp. Sheepshead are biting barnacles. Flounder are biting live minnows.
Apache Pier (Myrtle Beach): Bait shop open 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Whiting, red drum and a few blues are biting. Use live or cut shrimp.
Springmaid Pier: Open 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, year-round. Water temperature is 82 degrees. Croaker, flounder and pompano, blues and spot are biting very well on live or cut shrimp. A few Spanish mackerel are biting jigged shiny spoons.
Myrtle Beach State Park Pier: Open 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fishing remains somewhat slow due to weather. Small croaker are biting shrimp. Water temperature is 78 degrees.
Surfside Pier: Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Pompano, spadefish, croaker, spots, whiting and black drum are biting live or cut shrimp. A few Spanish mackerel are biting jigged spoons. "Keeper" red drum are biting live shrimp. Water temperature is 82 degrees.
The Pier at Garden City: Open 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Water temperature is 78 degrees. King mackerel fishing allowed only during tournaments. Small whiting, along with croaker and a few spots are biting well on fresh or cut shrimp.
Winyah Bay Fishing and Observation Pier (Georgetown): Open 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, with Free parking and fishing. Visitors also enjoy great bird watching. Fishing is still slow. Catfish are always around. A few red drum have been caught on shrimp. Crabbing is doing well using string and bait but crabs are small.
Folly Beach Pier: Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Water temperature is 84 degrees. Blues, pompano, croaker, red drum and whiting are biting live and cut shrimp. Nice sheepshead are biting barnacles near the pilings. A few Spanish mackerel are hitting gotcha plugs.
Hunting Island State Park Fishing Pier: Pier open 24 hours a day. The Nature Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Small flounder are being caught on mud minnows. Whiting are biting live and cut shrimp.
Cherry Grove: Flounder and red drum are biting at the Little River jetties. Use live mud minnows and shrimp.
Murrells Inlet: Fish the creeks and jetties for flounder, red drum and spotted sea trout. Use fresh shrimp, small live menhaden or finger mullet.
Charleston Area: Red drum are good in the creeks, holes and surf. A few small spotted sea trout and flounder are biting in the creeks. Use live, cut shrimp and live mud minnows or small finger mullet for the flounder. Tarpon fishing has slowed but good near the jetties. Use live menhaden.
Edisto River/St. Helena Sound: Spotted sea trout are in the inshore creeks. Sheepshead are biting around structures. Use fiddler crabs or barnacles. Flounder fishing is picking up using live mud minnows.
Beaufort Area: Red drum are biting fresh shrimp in the creek mouths. They are also biting fresh shrimp and shrimp tails in the surf. Whiting are biting cut shrimp on sandy bottom and inlets.
OFFSHORE: Bad weather and high winds are hampering offshore fishing.
Cherry Grove: No offshore activity to report.
Murrells Inlet: Sea Bass are biting at live bottoms 5 to 10 miles out. Use squid.
Charleston Area: A few wahoo have been reported near the ledge. Mahi-mahi and king mackerel are being caught in 70 to 90 feet of water. Blue marlin and sailfish are at the Charleston 60 reef (PA 24). Troll with ballyhoo.
Edisto River/St. Helena Sound: No offshore activity to report.
Beaufort Area: King mackerel have been reported at the Betsy Ross trolling with ballyhoo. Spadefish are biting cut jelly balls or shrimp at the nearshore reefs.
Reporters: The S.C. Department of Natural Resources' Marine Resource Division thanks the following participants for their cooperation in compiling this week's report: Cherry Grove Pier; Apache Pier; Springmaid Pier; Myrtle Beach State Park; Surfside Pier; The Pier at Garden City; Winyah Bay Fishing and Observation Pier; Folly Beach Fishing Pier; Hunting Island State Park; Harbour Gate Marina & Ron McManus-Cherry Grove; Capt. Dicks Marina-Murrells Inlet; Haddrell's Point Tackle-Charleston; Edisto Marina-Edisto; Island Outfitters-Beaufort.
-Written by Becky Fowler, SCDNR - MRD
For South Carolina marine recreational fishing regulations: http://www.dnr.state.sc.us/etc/rulesregs/img/saltfishing.pdf
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